The Digest: Uber says sorry (again)… and 3 other things people are talking about today

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Uber ‘truly sorry’ for price rise during Sydney siege | BBC News

“Taxi booking firm Uber has apologised for raising fare prices during a deadly cafe siege in Sydney last week. The firm raised fares by as much as four times its normal rate when demand shot up during the siege that left three people dead.”

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Tech giants Google and Microsoft battle to find Santa | BBC News

“In today’s world, everyone leaves a digital footprint – even the ever elusive Santa Claus as he treks around the world with his magical reindeer delivering presents. And while the serious business of tracking Santa has become a tradition for the military at the North American Aerospace Defense Command (Norad), this year’s online trackers have literally taken on a life of their own.”

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North Korea struggles to stay online | BBC News

“North Korea appears to have suffered a second internet blackout, according to internet performance measuring firm Dyn Research. On its Twitter feed, the firm reported a second outage which was restored less than an hour later.”

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Amazon starts its post-Christmas sale before Christmas | The Verge

“Much like it did with its Black Friday deals, Amazon is posting its after-Christmas sales early. Some of them end as early as tonight or tomorrow, but many others will run all the way up until January 1st. Over that span the online retailer promises daily discounts and clearance prices, so each day will bring new deals.”

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Stuart O’Connor